Print book sales rise again in 2016

“Unit sales of print books rose 3.3% in 2016 over the previous year, making it the third-straight year of print growth. Total print unit sales hit 674 million. Most print formats had an outstanding year, with hardcover up 5.4%, trade paperback up 4%, and board books up 7.4%. Mass market has been on the wane since the introduction of e-books, and its slide continued in 2016 with a 7.7% drop in unit sales. Physical audio, where sales were down 13.5% on the year, also took a big hit from digital… Several big-name religion authors, including Lysa Terkeurst and Sarah Young, published new titles last year and racked up six-figure sales…. The mass merchandiser channel, which includes large chains such as Walmart and Costco, saw sales drop for the third year in a row, down 5.3%. Its losses were more than made up for in the retail and club channel, where sales climbed 5%. That channel is composed of independent and chain bookstores, as well as Amazon.” (selected from Publishers Weekly, 1/6/17)(April 2017)

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